First, the boring running stuff: Yesterday morning I hit the streets for my 6.5 mile training run. My 12K race (7.45 miles) is coming up next week, so I am building up my mileage every week by adding more to my long run. Every time I embark for one of these long training runs I feel a mild thrill of apprehension, wondering if I am indeed going to make it back home without either exploding a hamstring or — worse yet — stopping to walk. Every time I complete a long run I’m full of a sense of power and excitement.
Assuming I survive the race next Saturday, I think my next step will be to attempt a half marathon. Surely if I can run seven and a half miles now I can work up to thirtteen. The task will be to choose the right race: Birmingham on February 14th, New Orleans on February 28th, or Rome, GA on March 6th? Decisions, decisions.
And now, the professional news: I received word yesterday from the editors of a scholarly journal I had sent an article that they want to publish it! If you follow me on twitter you have no doubt already heard this news as I was excitedly bleating about it all day yesterday. Pardon my ridiculous enthusiam and unseemly boasting on the subject, but it is my first scholarly article that’s been accepted and I finally feel like a real professional academic. I guess I have to stop making self-deprecating remarks on this topic now.
This coming week I’ll be racing around, busy with end-of-semester grading, exams, and paperwork. Before it all starts, though, I have decided to take the entire weekend off for some quality relaxation and solitude. Must fuel the mind (and revel in my positive feelings) before the busy week takes me over. At the moment I am still in my pajamas, half writing this post and half watching 84 Charing Cross Road on TV. The dog is snoozing next to me. We know how to live large!
So what are your weekend plans?